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Angry (at) Queers

By Jesse Fruhwirth
Posted // February 17,2010 - The unity of Utah’s LGBT community, noted in June 2009 by The Nation magazine, showed some cracks in recent weeks as a one-year truce was announced between leaders of Utah’s LGBT community and Republican leaders in the Legislature [see “Hits and Misses,”, Feb 10]. The disagreement was over the wisdom of deferring legislative debate over gay rights for one year.

Online commenter FNaught suggests the divide separates those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender from those who prefer the label “queer.” You can’t trust a queer to support gay marriage, FNaught writes, because many of them believe the legal institution of marriage is corrupt and queers shouldn’t want it.

“You can’t agree on strategy with people who don’t agree on what the goals are,” FNaught writes. “Of course, far-left ‘queers’ make up less than 2 percent of the GLBT community. Maybe things aren’t really that fractured.”

First, there is no distinguishable “queer” community—2 percent or otherwise— that has political goals distinct from Utah’s LGBT community, so that scapegoat is bizarre. More importantly, cooperation does not require stifling debate. Shaming members of a movement for their views or methods will do more to stall—and shrink— that movement than the disagreements do themselves.

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